Police arrest break-in gang

2008-04-14 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG police have made one of their biggest busts following the recovery of stolen goods worth R100 000.

This has also led to the arrest on Friday of eight people, five of whom are linked to a recent incident in which a 26-year-old woman was bound and stabbed by people who broke into her home at night and stole goods.

Five of the arrested suspects made a brief appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Police believe they are part of a racket responsible for a spate of housebreakings around Pietermaritzburg. Police said one man is still at large.

At about 1 am on April 3, Zanele Sibisi was asleep in her room in an outbuilding in Boom Street when she was awoken by four unknown men who bundled her into a blanket and tied her up with a rope.

While the men were ransacking her room, she managed to free herself, but was immediately caught by the men, who held her on the bed and stabbed her several times in the chest and face.

The men then fled, taking her DVD player, television set and clothing.

“These arrests follow after intense investigations by the Pietermaritzburg house robbery project team, under the command of Captain Danabalan Pillay, in conjunction with members from the Mountain Rise crime prevention and Pietermaritzburg cluster crime intelligence members,” said Inspector Joey Jeevan.

During the arrests, members recovered Sibisi’s DVD player, television set and clothing.

Also recovered was a large amount of property suspected to have been stolen, including computers, electrical appliances, brand new air-conditioning units and hi-fis. The estimated value of the recovered goods is R100 000.

The five suspects are Sheldon James (28), Remember Ngubane (19), Bongani Ngubane (22), Khulekani Cele (27) and Joe Phakathi (32).

The three other people charged for receiving property suspected to be stolen cannot be named yet as they have not appeared in court.

Police appeal to anyone who can identify the stolen property to contact the Pietermaritzburg Central Police Station on 033 845 2412.

Jeevan confirmed that the five housebreaking suspects are believed to be part of a house robbery syndicate that is operating in the Pietermaritzburg CBD.

Further arrests are imminent and investigations are continuing.

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